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Participatory Feast projects

­­Artist-orchestrated meals and performances offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using food as a means to spark novel encounters and experiences amongst its participants. These work sample images demonstrate thirteen original participatory projects to be realized onsite at Blaffer by leading contemporary artists and artist collaboratives, including three new commissions, which will engage the public with diverse and excellent art. The artists are: Sonja Alhäuser, Mary Ellen Carroll, Mary Evans, Fallen Fruit, Theaster Gates, Lee Mingwei, Tom Marioni, Gabriel Martinez, Lynne McCabe, Ana Prvacki, Michael Rakowitz, Red76, and David Robbins.

 All events take place at Blaffer Art Museum and are open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Lee Mingwei – The Dinning Project

Three guests will be chosen by lottery to join artist Lee Mingwei for an intimate one-on-one, after-hours dinner prepared by the artist and held within his sculptural installation in the gallleries. This will be the first time that The Dining Project – first presented in 1997 – has been staged in Houston.

 

Theaster Gates Soul Food Dinner

On December 5, 2013 artist THEASTER GATES will hold a Soul Food Dinner at 7:00pm at Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman Street. Selected guests and members of the public will join the artist for a dinner featuring performances and discussions around issues of food, race, labor, and hospitality. The menu will be planned with Chef Tarsha Gary, Executive Chef, Founder and President of ECOTONE World, LLC.

 

 

Tom Marioni. The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, 1970–ongoing. Dimensions variable. Installation view at the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist.

Tom Marioni. The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, 1970–ongoing. Dimensions variable. Installation view at the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist.

Tom Marioni The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art

September 6,6:00-9:00pm

Blaffer Art Museum
Held regularly since 1970, Marioni’s famous beer salon will be held in a bar-like installation in Blaffer’s galleries. Hosted by local celebrity bartenders on September 6, October 3, and November 7, 6:00-9:00pm.

Drop-in for 21+

 

Gabriel Martinez, Untitled (territory). 2013.

Gabriel Martinez, Untitled (territory). 2013.

Gabriel Martinez Untitled (territory)

September 14, October 19, and November 16, 12:00pm

Meet at Blaffer Art Museum

Join the artist on a 2-hour trip to Houston’s ethnically diverse taquerias, enjoy a taco or two, and participate in discussion about the city’s complex history of urban planning.  Attendees will meet at Blaffer Art Museum and depart with the artist, space is limited. Sign up at the front desk in person or by calling 713.743.9521.

 

Lynne McCabe, Tupperware Party as part of She Works Flexible Now, 2010. Social event, Tupperware.  Image courtesy the artist.

Lynne McCabe, Tupperware Party as part of She Works Flexible Now, 2010. Social event, Tupperware.
Image courtesy the artist.

Lynne McCabe Vexations in the Kitchen

September 21, October 26

Blaffer Art Museum

Watch a live broadcast of Vexations in the Kitchen, a work exploring the gendered dynamics of durational performance and hospitality when performed over years and subsumed into the rhythms of the domestic everyday. On view at the museum, the live broadcast can also be viewed online at http://www.justin.tv/vexationsinthekitchen

 

Lee Mingwei, The Dining Project, 1998–2012, documentary photo of performance at the Whitney Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects.

Lee Mingwei, The Dining Project, 1998–2012, documentary photo of performance at the Whitney Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects.

Lee Mingwei The Dining Project

October 22, 23, and 24, 7:00pm

Blaffer Art Museum
Three guests will be chosen by lottery to join Lee for an intimate one-on-one, after-hours dinner prepared by the artist and held within his sculptural installation in the galleries. This will be the first time that The Dining Project—first presented in 1997—has been staged in Houston. Individuals can enter the lottery at blafferartmuseum.org or by contacting the front desk in-person or by telephone at 713.743.9521.

 

Fallen Fruit, Neighborhood Infusions, 2009. Dimensions variable. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego edition of 72 bottles, public fruit, vodka

Fallen Fruit, Neighborhood Infusions, 2009. Dimensions variable. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego edition of 72 bottles, public fruit, vodka

Fallen Fruit Neighborhood Infusions
September 26, 5:00-7:00pm

Blaffer Art Museum

Fallen Fruit explores the essence of place through a display of vodkas infused with fruit gathered in Los Angeles. During this Thursday evening happy hour, Fallen Fruit members David Burns and Austin Young will serve vodka while participants share stories about their own neighborhoods.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young.  Fallen Fruit uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way you see the world

 

Fallen Fruit. Lemonade Stand.

Fallen Fruit. Lemonade Stand.

Fallen Fruit Lemonade Stand

September 28, 12:00-3:00pm

Blaffer Art Museum

Join members of Los Angeles-based art collaborative Fallen Fruit for Lemonade Stand on the sidewalk in front of Blaffer Art Museum. In exchange for a cold glass of lemonade, participants will be asked to create self-portraits using black ink markers on lemons and to share stories of sadness and disappointment, or happiness and positive self-reflection. 

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young.  Fallen Fruit uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way you see the world

 

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David Robbins, Ice Cream Social, 1993-2008. Participatory artwork; Refrigerator, hand-made bowls, magnets, documentation of events, video excerpt of TV pilot, artists’ book. Courtesy of the artist

David Robbins Ice Cream Social

Blaffer Art Museum

Visitors are invited to sample ice cream and cake before heading into the galleries for a look at Feast. This afternoon party features special cakes designed by Robbins that update and celebrate the American tradition of the ice cream social. Guests are invited to come anytime between 1:00-4:00pm.

 

InCUBATE and Alabama Song Sunday Soup

November 24, 4:00–7:00pm

The Brandon 1709 Westheimer , Houston, TX 77006

Initiated by InCUBATE and documented in Feast, Sunday Soup returns to Houston to generate funds for artist initiatives and community projects. $10, tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

 

Theaster Gates Soul Food Dinner

December 6, 7:00pm

Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman St.

A live performance by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi, an experimental music ensemble of Chicago-based vocalists and musicians founded in 2008. Directed by Gates, the music is influenced by diverse traditions, including Gospel, Blues and Buddhist and Zen chants. Featuring Yaw Agyeman on vocals, Mikel Avery on percussion, Orron Kenyetta with spoken word, and Khari Lemuel on cello. Free and open to all.

 

Theaster Gates with the Black Monks of Mississippi

December 7, 6.30-8:30pm

The Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St. (corner of Dowling)

A live performance by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi, an experimental music ensemble of Chicago-based vocalists and musicians founded in 2008. Directed by Gates, the music is influenced by diverse traditions, including Gospel, Blues and Buddhist and Zen chants. Featuring Yaw Agyeman on vocals, Mikel Avery on percussion, Orron Kenyetta with spoken word, and Khari Lemuel on cello. Free and open to all.

 

Ongoing at Blaffer Art Museum

 

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Mella Jaarsma. I Eat You Eat Me. 2000-2012.

Mella Jaarsma I Eat You Eat Me
Stage your own meal-performance using Jaarsma’s lightweight sculpture, which is worn by two people to create a mutually supported table surface between them.
Available for check-out in the Blaffer lounge.

 

 

Ana Prvacki, The Greeting Committee, 2011–ongoing, Offering slatko as part of a participatory artwork and installation including canning jars, carpet, glasses, jam, metal spoons, napkins, silver tray, and wood. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Prvacki, The Greeting Committee, 2011–ongoing, Offering slatko as part of a participatory artwork and installation including canning jars, carpet, glasses, jam, metal spoons, napkins, silver tray, and wood. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Prvacki The Greeting Committee
Enjoy a spoonful of slatko, a sweet strawberry preserve that is served to guests in Serbia as a traditional gesture of welcome. The slatko calls attention to the roles of host and guest and will be ceremoniously served to visitors as they enter the Smart a few times each week.
Served periodically in the Blaffer lobby.

Ongoing nationwide

 

Red76

Red76, Occupy Yr. Home, 2012-ongoing. Participatory meals and conversation, with documentation through photographs and videos archived on the artists’ website: http://www.red76.com/occupyyrhome.html.

Red76: Occupy Yr. Home
The collective Red76 is organizing a series of gatherings across the country to eat, drink, and discuss what it means to Occupy. Host your own dinner, document it, and share it with Red76.
Learn more at www.red76.com/occupyyrhome.

 

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Sponsored By:

Saint ArnoldWhole FoodsIkeaCinthia Woods Mithcell Center for the artsHumanities TexasTexas Commission on the ArtsHouston Arts Alliance

 

 

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